Kate Middleton's Choice of Godparents Shows How Down to Earth She Really Is

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Just when you thought Kate Middleton and Prince William couldn't do anything else to seem more like us, there they go again keeping their connections to the outside, non-royal world firmly intact. This time, they've done something completely unconventional by bypassing Prince Harry, Pippa Middleton, and quite a few other usual royal suspects to stand in as Prince George's godparents

Instead, Will and Kate have asked three old friends from childhood and their college days to do them the honor of serving as godparents for their tot. They are totally breaking from tradition by doing this, as no other members of the royal family have ever selected friends who didn't have royal ties. There's talk that the three friends make up just half of what will be George's six godparents, so it's still possible Harry and Pippa will make it to the final cut. But that doesn't make this latest decision of theirs any less impressive!

For anyone unfamiliar with the tradition of christenings and godparents, most parents who choose to baptize their babies take the selection of a godparent very seriously. A godparent is supposed to serve as a spiritual guide for a child, as well as a caretaker in the event that something happens to the child's parents. It's a huge responsibility, actually, and I'm a little surprised to see their old buddies chosen before family members. 

When we christened our baby girl, we never had a doubt that we'd ask my brother and my husband's sister to be her godparents. It just seemed like the right and respectful thing to do. But isn't it a given that your family will automatically take care of your children if something happens to you? Kate and Will might be on to something. It might make a lot more sense to choose friends, who can only enrich your child's life even more by offering a different perspective on the world -- one that, at least in the royal couple's case, is probably very different from their family's outlook. 

Do you think it's okay to ask friends to serve as godparents, or do you believe family members are more appropriate? 


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nonmember avatar Jessica

I think who ever the parents choose it's there chose no one else but I do think friends are good chose for godparents I'm a godparent but it is a lot of hard work to put in it

Heike Findeis

I think friends can also be godparents as relatives...if they have the will to do this good.........it belongs to the will of a Person and not if relatives or friends....the intentions are important...

Ruth Wesche

It's there baby and they can do anything they want to.  They want the child to be just that have a life.

Laura Price

I think they made an excellent choice to choose friends as godparents.

nonmember avatar trudy

Yes I agree with them, they are real people not like most royals who can't get there broom sticks out of there butt's. William and Kate are doing right

nonmember avatar Modoinne

a god parent does not become a legal guardian in the event of the parents death. They are responsible for the spiritual/Christian upbringing of the child. My God parents would buy and read bible story books to us and take us to christian based activities. My God mother would pray with us and make a point of spending time with me. My sisters and I all had different God parents, most siblings do. Why would parents want us all to live separately if they died?

nekoy... nekoyukidoll

absolutely.  my god-parents are close family friends from way back and my parents are their oldest twins god-parents as well.  

Barb Aroneo Roach

It's their right to choose whom they wish.

Laura Keener

friends are fine as long as their they are good honest people

nonmember avatar Tom

This story lost my interest when the prince married the commoner, what has happened to standards!

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